Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. ~ As I was reading Philippians 3 today, I thought about all that Paul had accomplished in his life up to the time that he wrote this portion of scripture. He had accomplished things in life that very few ever have. He gave his life -not just a couple of years- but his entire life in learning the law and reaching the highest level that man could reach in Jewish customs. I can’t imagine the sacrifices that he gave to attain these things and in verse 8 he says that he counts it all as dung in comparison to knowing Christ. He counted his life’s work, blood, sweat, and tears as dung compared to knowing Christ! ‘Knowing’ in this scripture isn’t just having knowledge but it means encounters and experiences. He came into encounters with Christ that were far greater than anything he had accomplished or experienced in life. And in verse 13 he says that he forgets those things which are behind and he presses toward the mark for the prize of the high calling.
I think sometimes many of us have encounters with Christ that changes our lives and brings us into areas of life and freedom and unfortunately, I think sometimes we get comfortable there and we become lazy. We get satisfied with living in this place that God has brought us to but it’s not the end destination of our journey. Many of us are living out of the encounters that we’ve had with Christ 5 or 10 years ago but haven’t aroused or awakened ourselves to go deeper. We are satisfied with ‘just get by’ when God wants us to experience the fullness of his kingdom and glory here in earth.
The current state that the church is in is a good indication that we’ve become a people who are satisfied with where we are and who have decided to not go any further because of various reasons. We need to have the same mindset that Paul had. We need to come to understand that He is far greater than anything this life has to offer. We have to remind ourselves that this life is temporary and that eternity is what we are living for. We have to remind ourselves that Jesus gave his life so that we could live in the fullness of God’s kingdom on earth now. Refuse to stay where you are no matter how great it may seem…. God has greater things in store for you!